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CRESSKILL, N.J. — Nicholas Oresko, a World War II veteran believed to be the nation’s oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, has died. He was 96.
Family friend John “Jack” Carbone told The Record that Oresko died Friday night of complications from surgery for a broken right femur. He had recently been hospitalized after being injured in a fall at the assisted living center where he lived in Creskill.
The Bayonne native received the Medal of Honor from President Truman on Oct. 30, 1945. While serving as an Army master sergeant, the badly wounded Oresko singlehandedly took out two enemy bunkers during the Battle of the Bulge and killed 12 German soldiers.
His actions were praised as key to the Allies’ victory, and he was credited with preventing numerous American casualties.